A bio-based revolution is underway that will fundamentally change how we produce and consume food, feed, fiber, materials, chemicals, fuel and energy. Public awareness about global climate change, fiscal and ecological costs of agricultural and energy production and environmental sustainability has increased dramatically. With interdisciplinary expertise and a demonstrated track record in innovation and collaboration, the Department is poised for institutional and national leadership in bio-based economy and ecological health. The vibrant interdisciplinary character of our unit will be enriched by continuous infusion of basic science expertise that advances the theory and practice of our faculty and programs.
Faculty research (links below) is divided into four key strategic program areas that align with faculty interests, expertise, departmental mission, and personal vision: